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A Social History of American Technology by Ruth Schwartz Cowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Broad, July 29 1999
Very broad overview of American technology starting with the beginning of the United States all the way through fairly current biotechnology. There are a few good stories in here and the second half is by far the best. I really liked the sections on the railroad, the automobile, radio communication, penicillin, and the section on the birth control pill was by far the best. Is it true that doctors and researchers weren't allowed to talk about birth control till past the early 1950's in the United States? Here's an interesting quote...
"In short, by 1880 if by some weird accident all the batteries that generated electricity for telegraph lines had suddenly run out, the… Read more
The Psychology Of Everyday Things by Don Norman
2.0 out of 5 stars What a whiner!, July 29 1999
A pretty annoyjng whiny book about industrial design. The seven stages of action: forming the goal, forming the intention, specifying the action, executing the action, perceiving the state of the world, interpreting the state of the world, evaluating the outcome. All these are done with every action done by humans.
New Rules For The New Economy by Kevin Kelly
Definitely just another businessbook written for non-techs by a Wired mag editor with a really good bibliography. Interesting info about the power and possibilites of networks. Here they are...
1) Embrace the Swarm - Networks Networks Networks 2) Increasing Returns - initial successes aren't self- limiting, but self feeding 3) Plentitude, Not- Scaricty 4) Follow the Free - give away things for free because change is always difficult 5) Feed the Web first - The network is the fim. The firm is the network. 6) Let go at the top - abandon success before its too late to develop what's next. Exit strategies. 7) From places to spaces - multiple physical proximities at the same… Read more